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10 Years in the Making


10 Years in the Making

Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre celebrates a huge milestone this year. Its 10th anniversary Q & A with Dr. Marianna Switchuk, BSc, MD, CCFP

Q: Why did you start Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre?

A: After my children were in school, I wanted to begin my own full time “practice” that encompassed the procedures, treatments, and services that my own age demographic would want or need. Over the years, I have added different services and products that my clients desire. Ultimately, I want Monarch to be synonymous with Looking Better & Feeling Better.

Q: What is your training?

A: I am a licensed medical doctor. I was trained as a general practitioner and I have taken extra training to learn medical aesthetics like Botox, enhancement fillers, laser treatments, sclerotherapy and the art of using bio-identical hormones. I often attend conferences and continuing medical education courses to stay current and learn new ideas. I recently obtained my Certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP).

Q: Why don’t you practice Family Medicine?

A: I have chosen to practice the areas of medicine that I truly enjoy. While I don’t have a traditional practice, I feel that we offer unique and sought after services that are making a difference.

Q: Where did you learn about operating a business?

A: I have not had any formal training in business other than my paper route at age 11. Perhaps, I learned about business by 1) being a great consumer and 2) being a good observer. I like to run my business and treat my staff/clients/customers, as I would want to be treated.

Q: What have been some of the highlights over the last 10 years?

A: I have to say I have had many highlights. Most of all, meeting so many great, kind and wonderful people along the way. I even got to meet Oprah as a VIP sponsor of her show in 2013 in Hamilton. Almost daily, I learn something new. Each challenge has been an education. There has never been a dull moment. Coming to work each day has been a lot of fun, to the point I can barely call it work. I have surrounded myself with a great team of colleagues who work hard, but know how to make it enjoyable.

Q: Where do you see Monarch Laser & Wellness Centre over the next 10 years?

A: I see this business growing by adding new services and treatments. For example, this fall we are adding osteopathic treatments for those who want to ‘Feel Better’ and micro blading eyebrows for those who want to ‘Look Better’.

We will continue to offer the latest in bio-identical hormone replacement for thyroid, adrenal and sex hormone deficiencies for men and women of all ages. Most of all, my priority is and will always be to offer excellent care in an easy going and fun atmosphere.

I want Monarch to be the place, people enjoy coming to, so they will bring their family and friends. May we all “grow old gracefully” together.

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